Sunday, January 18, 2015

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Okay, so We've have been doing this project in third grade YEARS before Frozen popped onto the scene!  But it does make for a catchy title for our winter bulletin board.  This is probably my favorite bulletin board of the year.  Not because the background is flashy or we used some pretty bunting off of Pinterest, but because I love to see the students' creativity explode on this bulletin board each year.  I have been looking at these beautiful snowmen for years and this year, since my son is in third grade, we finally got to do this project as a family!  We had so much fun!  I hope all the families enjoyed it as much as we did.

We usually start this project by announcing to our students that they will be having homework over their Christmas break.  As you can imagine, this is not met with excitement.  However, after explaining the project and handing out the papers, the kids go home super anxious to get started.  Here's the letter we send home.

As you can see, the kids aren't allowed to color, paint, or use markers for their snowmen.  They are to glue found objects onto the snowman to make him unique - like they are!  These have been some of the cutest snowmen I have ever seen.  One year I even had one covered in teeny tiny eggshell pieces!  Now that was amazing.  Sorry I didn't get a picture of that one.  It was YEARS ago!

The snowmen are the focus of this board, so we do very little to detract from them.  A simple blue background, some icicle boarder, a title from prefab letters, and a blanket of fake snow from an after-Christmas sale and we're ready to put the real stars on the board.  The kids always look forward to sharing their snowmen when we return from break and can't wait to explain what they used and who helped them.  Then we put them on the board outside our door and watch everyone stop to admire them.
Glitter makes everything better!

Who says all snowmen are white?

Rice and even seashells!
Hope you enjoy this bulletin board as much as we do.

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